The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is a private family philanthropic fund based in Toms River, NJ.  Our aim is to make Ocean and Monmouth Counties the regional template for quality of life and strong economic health through root-cause focused investment in healthcare, education and the arts.

We are a proactive grantmaker. This means we will identify and invest in organizations which will help the foundation attain its various programmatic goals.

Our aim is to collaborate with and invest in innovative projects that can have measurable impact and can create meaningful, transformative change for our community.

Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen

Jay and Linda met at the NYU School of Law in 1966, where they were classmates, and immediately knew that they were meant for each other. Jay, who was an Editor of the Law Review at the time, likes to point out that the most significant benefit of that experience, among many others, was that it attracted Linda to him, who, at the time was one of only 10 females in a class of 300, and, as such, had her pick of suitors.  Three years later they were married and on their way to practice law in a then little town on the Jersey Shore called Toms River.

Over the next 30 years, as Ocean County became the fastest growing county in the state, Jay and Linda’s law practice thrived. They had become respected attorneys in the County primarily due to their work ethic, moral approach to the law and ability to relate to their clients’ needs.

While the practice continued to grow, Jay and Linda expanded their business interests to include real estate and other investments. Each business decision was a true 50/50 partnership requiring unanimous approval. That has remained a constant from day one.

In the late 1990’s, Jay and Linda retired from the day to day law practice to concentrate full time on their two greatest passions; investing and philanthropy. The former has enabled the latter to become that much more impactful as they, through the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, have already affected so many lives on the Jersey Shore and hope to continue to do so for years to come.

Most recently, Jay and Linda established the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU Law School, the first center of its kind in American legal education.

President

Jeremy Grunin has over 20 years’ experience in sales and management, business development, investment and leadership capacity building. Jeremy is actively engaged throughout the community from the grassroots level with his wife Laura and three children, Josh, Rebecca and Emma.  Jeremy is also a Partner of Grunin Holdings, LLC., a New Jersey Partnership specializing in the development and management of commercial real estate, as well as investing in third party commercial ventures along the Jersey Shore. In addition, Jeremy is the co-host of Topic A talk radio show every Sunday morning on 92.7 WOBM from 7AM to 11AM.

Jeremy’s Foundation, Advisory and Board Directorships include:

  • Foundation Board Member at: Ocean County College, Community Medical Center, Ocean County Vocational Technical School/ Performing Arts Academy;
  • Immediate Past Chairman of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce;
  • Chairman of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties;
  • Appointed Member to the Ocean County Tourism and Business Development Advisory Council and Ocean County Culture and Heritage Commission;
  • Board Member of the Count Basie Theatre;
  • Board Member Ocean County Military Support Committee;
  • Advisory Board Member to the American Cancer Society;
  • Trustee of Community Medical Center;
  • Member of Lead NJ Class of 2016;
  • Board Member of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers;
  • Board Member of The FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, Inc.;
  • Board Member of Arts and Education Center; and,
  • Advisory Board Member of Toms River Regional Schools High School Career Academy.

Executive Director

Tara Cunningham is an Ashoka Fellow and an internationally recognized, award-winning CEO and Social Entrepreneur.  Over the past 15 years, Tara has been appointed to various non profit and governmental boards, advised non profits, corporate social responsibility programs, social enterprises, government agencies, the European Commission, politicians and philanthropic foundations throughout the US and Europe on how to create sustainable social impact.  Tara joined the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation in July 2014 and has used her experience to help the Foundation and its partners create the greatest social impact. Tara lives in Toms River with her husband Mark and their children Eoin, Charlie and Emilia.

Board Directorships include:

  • Trustee of Garden State Concerns of Police Survivors;
  • Board Member of the Jersey Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross;
  • Inaugural Advisory Board Member of Ocean County College 100 Women;
  • Appointed member of the Ocean County Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Board.
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Director of Communications

Kelly Fliller, an award winning MBA graduate of Georgian Court University, has nearly ten years’ experience in marketing and communications, serving both the for profit and non profit sectors. She led the marketing strategy and initiatives for a professional services firm and managed the redesign of several corporate websites. Kelly helps the Foundation with its marketing strategy including public relations, online and social media marketing.

Board Directorships and committees include:

  • Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County;
  • Board Member of the Casey Coyle Memorial Fund;
  • Member of 100 Women Campaign of Ocean County College;
  • Honorary Commander, Joint Base McQuire-Dix-Lakehurst;
  • Board Member Ocean County Military Support Committee;
  • Chair of the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Gala Committee;
  • Member of the Professional Women in Building Council of the Garden State; and,
  • Member of the Sales and Marketing and Young Professionals Committees of the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey.
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Office Manager

Jaclyn Rodemann is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She has developed recruitment strategies and initiatives for colleges and universities both locally and abroad. Jaclyn has joined the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation to utilize her previous non-profit experience and passion for helping the community to manage the Foundation’s day-to-day operations. She is a life-long resident of Toms River where she is raising her two children, Morgan and Matthew, along with her husband, Paul.

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